In a move to speed up contract negotiations, faculty at the 14 state-supported universities in Pennsylvania voted Friday to authorize a potential strike.
If a strike is called, it likely would not happen until next semester, which starts in late January, said Steve Hicks, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
"We will continue to do everything we can to reach an agreement," Hicks said. "A strike is truly a last resort."
The union's last contract expired in June 2011, and there have been nearly 40 negotiating sessions, union officials said.